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Incessant asymmetrical rhythms, nursery-rhyme vocals, and loopy instrumentation characterize the U.K. quartet Pram. Its second album, Helium, recently issued in America, is a fine continuation of the band’s enticing and recalcitrant search for new ways to present the pop song. Jessamine is a Seattle quartet with a deep affinity for long, elucidating improvisations that glide from sound-effect washes to heavy psychedelia. Chicago’s The Sea and the Cake attacks folk rock on its sophomore album, The Biz, intertwining jangly chords with a galvanizing post-punk sensibility. At 8 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $5. (202) 393-0930. (CP)